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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 2009 Stanley Cup Final

Tuesday, 08.23.2011 / 12:01 AM / NHL Network

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Raising the Cup presents: Game 7 2009 Stanley Cup Final
Every weekday, NHL Network will roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all again, all summer long.
NHL Network is going to raise the Cup all summer long.

Every day at noon, we'll roll out another Cup clincher to stave off your hockey hunger. Watch your heroes of yesterday win it all ... again.

Fans can tune in at 12 p.m. ET every weekday for a different game -- and different champion. A complete program schedule can be found on NHLNetwork.com (U.S.).


When the Pittsburgh Penguins swept Carolina in the Eastern Conference Finals to set up a rematch with the Detroit Red Wings in the 2009 Stanley Cup Final, their motivation was clear. Having narrowly lost Game 6 at Mellon Arena in excruciating fashion a year ago, Dan Bylsma's squad hoped to turn the tide in this heated rivalry by bringing the Cup back to the Steel City.

After each team took care of business at home through the first four games of the series, Detroit stormed past Pittsburgh 5-0 in Game 5 at Joe Louis Arena to put the Pens on the brink of elimination again. But after a raucous Mellon Arena crowd willed its team to victory in Game 6, the series headed back to Detroit for an all-or-nothing Game 7.

In a first period filled with scoring chances, goaltender Chris Osgood and Marc-Andre Fleury matched saves to keep the game scoreless. Then, on the game's grandest stage, Pittsburgh's Max Talbot had a brilliant second period, scoring twice goals to give Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead on the road in Game 7 heading into the final period. But with 6:07 left in regulation, Jonathan Ericsson finally beat Fleury to cut the Penguins' lead in half and swing the momentum in favor of Detroit. Then came the looming question: Would Pittsburgh succumb to the pressure and drop a second straight Cup Final in heartbreaking fashion?

Not on this night.

Fleury stopped 23 of 24 shots -- including a brilliant last-second save on Nicklas Lidstrom's wide-open rebound, to secure a 2-1 victory. Pittsburgh overcame a 3-2 series deficit to avenge the previous year's loss and win its first championship since 1992. Led by Sidney Crosby, Conn Smythe winner Evgeni Malkin and the prowess of Fleury in net, the Penguins completed one of the most memorable franchise restorations in NHL history.

DATE recap GAME
Mon, Jul 18 1982 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - New York Islanders vs. Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Jul 19 1983 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Wed, Jul 20 1984 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. New York Islanders
Thu, Jul 21 1985 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Fri, Jul 22 1986 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Mon, Jul 25 1987 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Jul 26 1988 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Wed, Jul 27 1989 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Calgary Flames vs. Montreal Canadiens
Thu, Jul 28 1990 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Boston Bruins vs. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Jul 29 1991 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Minnesota North Stars vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Mon, Aug 1 1992 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, Aug 2 1993 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Montreal Canadiens vs. Los Angeles Kings
Wed, Aug 3 1994 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks
Thu, Aug 4 1995 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey Devils
Fri, Aug 5 1996 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Colorado Avalanche vs. Florida Panthers
Mon, Aug 8 1997 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Aug 9 1998 Stanley Cup Final Game 4 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Washington Capitals
Wed, Aug 10 1999 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Buffalo Sabres vs. Dallas Stars
Thu, Aug 11 2000 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Dallas Stars vs. New Jersey Devils
Fri, Aug 12 2001 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey Devils
Mon, Aug 15 2002 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina Hurricanes
Tue, Aug 16 2003 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Mighty Ducks of Anaheim vs. New Jersey Devils
Wed, Aug 17 2004 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Calgary Flames vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Thu, Aug 18 2006 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Carolina Hurricanes vs. Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Aug 19 2007 Stanley Cup Final Game 5 - Anaheim Ducks vs. Ottawa Senators
Mon, Aug 22 2008 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Tue, Aug 23 2009 Stanley Cup Final Game 7 - Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
Wed, Aug 24 2010 Stanley Cup Final Game 6 - Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

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